Luxury hotels in Cabo San Lucas entice the world’s well-heeled travelers with a combination of Mexico’s laid-back luxury and the natural beauty of the Baja California Peninsula. Think Bali beds on the beach, private infinity pools and in-room craft cocktail bars. Here’s our pick of the bunch.
Chileno Bay Resort and Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection
Family-friendly Chileno’s hip aesthetic pervades this contemporary beachside set-up, with bleached woods and natural materials at one with their surroundings. Three sides of the resort edge onto desert, while the other tickles turquoise seas and soft sands. Vast guest rooms feel more like suites. In the bathroom, blue-and-white tiling sweeps across floors and over walls to frame free-standing tubs and rainforest showers. There are private outdoor showers, too, with bespoke herbal potions to enhance the al fresco bathing experience. A changing schedule of visiting celebrity chefs makes dinner a highlight.
The clean, contemporary lines dreamed up by visionary Mexico City architect Javier Sánchez give an elegant feel to the Cape. Each of its guest rooms takes in El Arco, the famous rocky landmark where the Pacific becomes the Gulf of California. Gaze at it from a hanging daybed on your private balcony while sipping a cocktail from your own craft cocktail bar. Alternative vantage points could be your 360-degree rain shower, or perhaps the freestanding copper-leafed tub.
This joint venture from celebrity chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa and his buddy Robert de Niro is the Nobu brand’s first hotel in Latin American. The 200-room modern resort brings Japanese styling to Cabo. Whitewashed walls mix with dark teak, with landscapes planted with cactus and agave as a backdrop. Despite the pared-back design, the chilled party atmosphere adds a genuine warmth – it’s a perfectly curated balance of luxury and hospitality.
Emerging from the mountainside, this cocoon of five-star luxury sits where desert meets pristine sea. A grand entrance via a privately owned tunnel – hung with chandeliers, no less – sets the expectation for this 24-acre (10ha) resort. Choose from villa, casita or beachfront suites. All boast enormous sink-in-to-me beds, marble countertops and chandeliers. The complimentary bottle of Clase Azul Reposado tequila is a nice Mexican touch. But it’s the personal service that excels. A team of butlers cater to your every whim, often before you’ve thought of it yourself.
Touching the shores of super-for-swimming Medano Beach, the Hacienda might just have one of the best views of Cabo’s Land’s End. When you push open the heavy wooden hacienda doors to reveal your suite, an immense living space reveals itself, leading to a large outdoor terrace. It’s awash with handcrafted metalwork softened with fine furniture and original artworks – a high-end homely aesthetic in heavenly surroundings.
This imposing beachfront hotel reveals itself to be a treasure trove of character once you step inside. Expansive ocean views are the backdrop to the soothing contemporary aesthetic, elegantly punctuated with colorful Mexican artworks. There are seven restaurants offering dazzlingly different fare, so make great use of the all-inclusive deal. Don’t miss the ten-course tasting menu at Cocina de Autor curated by celebrated chef Sidney Schutte from the Netherlands.
It’s all about romance and relaxation at this self-contained adults-only resort. The 201-room boutique is an oasis of natural stone and glass nestled on a secluded beach where double Bali beds line the sand – just perfect for drifting off to the sound of the waves. If you’re feeling peckish, ask the butler to arrange a private dinner under the stars. Back in the room, dark teak furniture and soft neutral accents create a soothing environment for an (optional) in-room massage.
With a grand pool complex that cascades onto a private beach, Grand Solmar is tropical Baja at its most luxurious. Days are best spent wallowing in the waters or sheltering under a thatch-roofed palapa. Swim-up bars provide the boost needed to tackle the more energetic activities – such as getting ready for dinner. Ocean-view suites come with muted tones and wood furnishings interspersed with classic pops of Mexican color. In the evenings, dine at the selection of in-house restaurants. Hit up farm-to-table La Roca to taste the best of Baja cuisine.